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Fifty events to be held later this week to honor Dr. Milton Friedman

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Contact: Joe DiLaura
Tel.: 317-229-2128

INDIANAPOLIS (July 28, 2008) – Fifty events in 41 states and the District of Columbia will take place on Thursday of this week (July 31, 2008) honoring the life and legacy of Dr. Milton Friedman.

The Friedman Legacy for Freedom campaign is sponsored by the Indianapolis-based Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice, who is partnering with groups throughout the country to celebrate his birthday and honor his impact on free markets and individual liberties.

Friedman, who would have been 96 Thursday, was regarded as one of the world’s most powerful and influential promoters of freedom. He argued that the voluntary choices of individuals, not the dictates of the state, should be the default mode of human life; government is justified only insofar as it preserves, protects and defends people’s liberty. His revolutionary work in economic theory earned him the Nobel Prize in 1976.

“Dr. Friedman will be remembered around the world as one of the 20th century’s greatest champions of freedom,” said Robert C. Enlow, executive director of the Friedman Foundation.

One of the events, sponsored by the Young America’s Foundation and Townhall is a national live online chat featuring Young America’s Foundation’s Milton Friedman Lecturer John Stossel. The chat is scheduled to take place from 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. A link containing more information on the online chat is http://www.townhall.com/promo/campaigns/Stossel_Chat.aspx

Friedman passed away in November 2006

All organizations were given the freedom to choose what type of event they would like to hold to honor Friedman. The type of program varies from breakfasts, policy briefings, lunches, forums, receptions and dinners with all concentrating on Friedman’s contributions to freedom.

The Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice is a non-profit organization established in 1996 and founded upon the ideals and theories Milton Friedman and his wife, economist Rose D. Friedman.

The best way to improve the quality of elementary and secondary education is to give all parents the freedom to choose the schools that work best for their children. Milton Friedman first articulated and applied this idea of liberty and free markets to our education system in 1955. As he has pointed out numerous times, this was not merely a reaction to a perceived deficiency in schooling, but rather an interest in a free society.

For a list of the Friedman Legacy Day events, go to the following link:

http://www.friedmanfoundation.org/friedman/friedmanday.do

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The Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice
One American Square, Suite 2420 Indianapolis, IN, 46282-0014, USA

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